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Nature’s Poetry

The naturally occurring growth pattern often found in nature, such as the growth of pine needles explained in Pine Tree Number Patterns, was observed by the Italian mathematician, Leonardo Fibonacci, in the 1200s. This growth pattern, called the Fibonacci Numerical Sequence, is as follows: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, . . .

Materials:

Directions:

  1. Select something from nature: one of the animals or plants from the Pineywoods region or you favorite flower.
  2. Brainstorm adjectives and verbs describing this selected topic.
  3. Using words from your list, create a poem using the first 5 numbers from the Fibonacci numerical sequence as a pattern or structure for the poem: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5 [Use one word, next line one word, next line 2 words, next line 3 words, last line 5 words.]
  4. The first five numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5 are used as a poetic pattern, much like the ancient Haiku poetry of Japan, with the Fibonacci number being the number of words or the number of syllables on each line of the poem. The poem does not need to rhyme.
  5. Illustrate your poem.

The following is an example using the numerical pattern as the number of words per line:

Pineywoods
Forest
Evergreen loblollies
Branches and needles
Pinecones drop to the ground


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